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.......................... Perspective


............................. Calendar


....................... Business Life


................... Senator Speaks


.................... Mayor’s Minute


............. Community Partners


....................... Scoop of Life


........................ Book Review


............................. Chamber


......................... Artist Profile




PUBLISHER/PHOTOGRAPHER Jack Tuszynski EDITORIAL Cherryl Greenman ART Candice Williams Laurie Litke SALES Janet Ponichtera


here’s a certain aspect of our character that I believe reigns high above in regards to not only personal relationships but to business dealings as well. One thing we all look for in a relationship of any kind is support. Support stems from the trait of firm and solid loyalty. An unwavering loyalty is one thing I’ve always admired as something that is not only difficult to find in others, but may be equally as challenging to discover within ourselves. As a Boy Scout, by reading the Scout Law, I learned that loyalty was second only to trustworthiness. Each week at scout meetings we would say the Pledge of Allegiance, recite the Boy Scout Oath and say the Scout Law. It wasn’t just something we did; it was something we wanted to do. As boys, we wanted to become men. As Scouts, we strived to be more than just grown-ups, but men who knew the difference between knowledge and wisdom. At the time I may have thought we could manage to do so before we became adults, however in being truly loyal to ourselves, we learned that life is more about seeking and less about finding.

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There seems to be somewhat of a disconnect recently within our communities and confusion about where, we as individuals, stand within the complexity of today’s society. Personally, my feeling is that we should look more inwardly as to where our loyalties actually reside. We know what is right. We know what is wrong. It is time we align our actions with our thoughts, creating parallels between what we think we should do and what we actually act on and do. As leaders within our households, community, church, organization or what have you, it is time we lead by example and become more loyal to ourselves providing a path for others to do the same.

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS State Senator John Albers, Mayor Mike Bodker, Kathleen Boehmig, Michael Buckner, Crystal Bryant, Joe Cook, Michael Consoli, Susan Elisha, Lisa Ethridge, Catherine Groves, Fred Hawkins, Kevin Head Heike Hellmann-Brown, Michelle Knapp, Amanda Kossick, Robert Ladd, Rick Lippett, Julie Lippett, Jamie Mackrell, Vishant Nath, Christy Noll, Juan Reyes, Debra Robinson, Suzanne Taylor, Mark Tolbert, Keely Woodford

Jack Tuszynski, publisher


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LIFESTYLE It’s true that longer-term certificates typically offer a higher rate of return than shorter-term certificates. However, in order to earn the higher, most people don’t want to tie up all their money for a longer period of time. So how can you make the most of your money?

Here’s a tip to help you get more return on your certificates. It’s a concept called laddering and here’s how it works. Let’s say you have $20,000. Instead of putting all your money in one certificate, split it up and buy in equal amounts a 1-year, 2-year, 3-year, 4-year, and 5-year CD. As each one matures, renew it for 5 years.




Making the Most

of Your Money

By Jamie Mackrell

How does this help you? First, generally speaking you earn more dividends on a certificate if you invest for a longer term. Second, because rates typically fluctuate, you lower your risk. After all, if you put all your money in a single CD, even if it’s a 5-year CD at a good rate, what happens when it comes up for renewal and rates happen to be very low at that time? You suddenly find yourself getting very little return on all your money. Laddering also provides you with staggering maturity dates in the event you need access to your funds. There are many different ways to use the laddering approach and everyone’s situation is different. That’s why it’s important to talk to a financial services representative at your local credit union or bank to find out how you can make the most of your money. L Jamie Mackrell is the LGE Community Credit Union Retail Manager in Roswell. 1010 Mansell Road — next to Hennessy Porsche. 770-424-0060,,



Calendar JUNE On-Going

Roswell Farmers & Artisans Market The market returns every Saturday through October 31 to bring fresh produce, handmade food and craft products, and live entertainment to the City. 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Roswell City Hall, 38 Hill Street, Roswell., Johns Creek Farmers Market — Held at Newtown Park on Saturday mornings through October 31, each market features more than 25 local farmers and vendors with organic and/or sustainable foods and produce. 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Newtown Park, 3150 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek.

Roswell Cultural Arts Center Puppet Shows The Roswell Cultural Arts Center will host nationally-touring puppeteers and their puppets this June and July as part of the annual Roswell Summer Puppet Series. Each show is presented Monday through Saturday at 10:00 a.m. with an additional show at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays. Tickets are $5 (children under 2 are free) or a Summer Pass for $30, which includes entry into all seven shows for the price of six. New this year, the Center is offering free puppet-making workshops for children ages two and up with each week’s puppeteer. Pre-registration is required • Peter and the Wolf & The Frog Prince, June 1-6 • The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by A. Wolf, June 8-13 • Sleeping Beauty, June 15-20 • Billy Goats Gruff and Other Stuff, June 22-27 • The Princess and the Pea, Y’all, June 29-July 3 • Animalia, July 6-11 • The Emperor’s New Clothes, July 13-18


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Milton Farmer’s Market and Food Trucks Every Saturday through August 1 excluding July 4 at Broadwell Pavilion. 4 p.m.

infants. 10:00 a.m. Milton Fire State No. 43, 750 Hickory Flat Road, Milton. Sign up online at

Movies on Broadwell — Series of 3 monthly movies on Broadwell Road, following the Milton Farmer’s Market and Food Trucks. 8:00-10:00 p.m.


Through Wildlife Art Exhibit — The June Roswell Visitors Center will host a Wildlife Art Exhibit featuring guest artist Larry K. Martin. 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday; 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Saturdays and 12:00 -3:00 p.m., Sundays. Roswell Visitors Center, 617 Atlanta Street, Roswell

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DivorceCare Group — A biblicallybased, 13-week course, will be offered Wednesday at Roswell UMC. $15 for a workbook. 6:15-8:15 p.m. Roswell United Methodist church, 814 Mimosa Blvd.,

North Georgia School of Ballet Dance Recital — Open to the public the North Georgia School of Ballet will present its 4th annual performance. 5:00-7:00 p.m. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest Street. 404-455-0983,


16th Annual Flying Colors Butterfly Festival — This festival delights everyone all weekend at the Chattahoochee Nature Center when the air fills with the beating wings of hundreds of beautiful butterflies. Saturday 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Sunday 12:00-5:00 p.m. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road.


Riverside Sounds — Royal Southern Brotherhood, an American blues and blues rock band will perform for the June Roswell Riverside Sounds concert series. There will be at least two food trucks on location for each concert from 6:00-9:00 p.m. so you can enjoy a great dinner without all the work.7:00-9:00 p.m. Riverside Park, 575 Riverside Road, Roswell.

2nd Annual Craft Beer Festival The City of Mountain Park will host this Beer Festival on the City’s common area immediately adjacent to Lake Garret, benefitting the Mountain Park Watershed Preservation Society. Festival includes live music, great food, craft vendors, fishing, and beer sampling from the finest craft beer breweries and distributors in Georgia. Regular admission is $40 and includes unlimited tasting of all available beers. Designated Driver Alternative will be present and will assist all participants who need a safe drive home. 1:00-6:00 p.m. Green next to Mountain Park City Hall.




CPR Saturdays — The City of Milton Fire Department now hosts a series of free lifesaving classes named “CPR Saturdays.” CPR Saturdays, held the first Saturday of the month, is part of the American Heart Association’s “Friends and Family” curriculum and will cover basic CPR, rescue breathing, how to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and rendering aid to a choking victim. Firefighters will also cover basic CPR and choking emergencies for children and

An Evening with Shawn Mullins Roswell Cultural Arts Center will present this Grammy nominated singersongwriter. 8:00 p.m. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest Street, Roswell. 770-594-6232


Back to the Chattahoochee River Race & Festival — Organized and presented by Chattahoochee Riverkeeper in partnership with the National Park Service. This annual event is designed to

celebrate the Chattahoochee River during a free, family-friendly festival and morning canoe, kayak and stand-up paddle board race. Advanced registration is required. Race begins at 9 a.m. Festival will be held from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.


Financial Peace University — Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University will be offered at Roswell United Methodist Church in the Sanctuary building. Fee for the 9-week course is $93, which is the cost of the Member Kit when purchased from RUMC. Couples can share a kit. Free childcare is offered for children 6 months – 10 years of age; registration required. 6:00-8:00 p.m. Roswell United Methodist Church, 814 Mimosa Blvd, Roswell. 770-261-1741


Possum Trot 10K & 1 Mile Fun Run — Registration includes white t-shirt and post-race awards party at CNC;s Ben Brady Lakeside Pavilion and admission free to CNC on race day. Sign up online at 10K begins at 7:30 a.m., 1 mile fun run begins at 7:45 a.m. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road.



First Friday Art Walk — Take a stroll through the Art District in History

Roswell. All Day Downtown Roswell, 1065 Canton Street


Fireworks at Wills Park — Celebrate Independence Day with family and friends at Wills Park. American Heritage Society of Georgia will present historical information on the importance and meaning of Independence Day at the Alpharetta Community Center. Musical entertainment by the Alpharetta City Band and local band Serious Business will follow. Children’s inflatables will be on the lawn from 6:00-9:00 p.m. There will be a nominal fee for inflatables. Food vendors will be located throughout Wills Park from 6:00-9:00 p.m. or bring your own picnic. The spectacular fireworks show will begin at dusk. Wills Park, 1825 Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta.Recreation@, 678-297-6143

to protect young children from the heat. Heat injury can cause cramps, heat stroke and even worse.

Enjoying Summer Safely By Christy Noll

Summertime is here and with it comes long days full of fun at the pool, beach, water park, lake or other body of water. Summer also brings celebrations and fireworks around the 4th of July. It is crucial that we familiarize ourselves with safety rules to keep any chance of danger at bay. Water Safety: Always supervise small children and those that do not know how to swim. Learn to swim by taking swim lessons if able and to become comfortable in and around water. Learn water safety rules around boats, pools, lakes and other bodies of water. Keep an eye on young ones, even if lifeguards are present. Wear

a life jacket when necessary. If boating, ensure you are at a safe distance from other boaters and following lake/ocean rules. Sun and Skin Safety: I was not so good at protecting my skin as a teenager and am paying the price now. Always wear sunscreen in the sun and reapply according to the directions and especially if you have been in the water. Sunburn hurts and can cause blisters! Keep aloe vera gel handy just in case someone gets a little too much exposure as it helps soothe sunburned skin. Stay Hydrated: Drink lots of liquids to prevent heat illness. Take precautions

Fireworks Safety: Let the professionals handle the fireworks as they can cause serious injury. Even though store bought fireworks can be used at your home; they also bring high risks if being misused or misfiring. Some of the above information was provided by Children’s Hospital of Atlanta. A quote from Dr. Fortenberry is well said, “Summer shouldn’t be a scary time, but it also shouldn’t be spent in the hospital. By taking a few extra measures, parents can make sure that their kids have a healthy and safe summer.”

Christy Noll is founder of, a resource that connects North Fulton families with community organizations, programs and events.



Library Events Alpharetta

238 Canton St., Alpharetta, 770-740-2425

Northeast/Spruill Oaks

9560 Spruill Road, Johns Creek, 770-360-8820


5090 Abbotts Bridge Road, Johns Creek, 770-360-8897


115 Norcross Street, Roswell, 770-640-3075

Let’s Roll! Prepare for Georgia’s Driving Test Monday, June 1, 5:30-7:00 p.m., East Roswell Tuesday, June 16, 2:00 p.m., Roswell Join us for a hands-on tour of the Library System’s online access of the official Driver’s Handbook for preparation to take the Georgia DMV Permit Test. Test preparation includes access to five free practice exams. Motorcycle handbook and test also available. Teens ages 16-18. No younger siblings. Adults welcome

2301 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell, 404-613-4050

Piccadilly Puppets Summer Reading Kickoff Tuesday, June 2, 10:30-11:15 a.m., Northeast/Spruill Oaks Enjoy a puppet show featuring stories of Cherokee Tales. Ages 9 and under. Sponsored by the Friends of Northeast Spruill Oaks

Mastermind Chess Club Through July 5, 6:15-7:30 p.m., Northeast/Spruill Oaks Come play a game of chess with other like-minded players. Chess board provided and coaching by Championship Chess. All ages. Sponsored by the Friends of Northeast Spruill Oaks.

Northeast/Spruill Oaks Library Book Club Tuesday, June 2, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Members will be reading a variety of books for leisure reading during the summer. Members will choose books for fall 2015 at June 2nd meeting. For information call 770-360-8820 or email Karen.Swenson@FultonCountyGa.Gov

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Free Yoga Classes Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m., Roswell Nourish your mind, body, and spirit! The techniques of Yoga are taught in a light, joyful, and thorough manner — equally useful and suitable for different levels, from beginners to advanced. Adults. No registration required. CAREing Paws Wednesdays, 4:00-5:00 p.m., Roswell Beginning and reluctant readers can sign up for a 15-minute reading session. Bring your own book or choose a library book to share with a trained and registered therapy dog. Ages 5 and up. Registration required. Yoga and Meditation Mondays, June 1-Aug 31, 11:00 a.m., Ocee Beginning yoga and meditation techniques for beginners. Adults only. Tutoring for Teens Mondays, June 1-Aug 3, 4:00 p.m., Northeast/Spruill Oaks Tutor Christina Perry will provide personalized instruction on all areas of SAT, ACT, or CRCT and middle and high school math and language arts. Ages 12-18. To register contact Christina Perry 404-953-0284.


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Preschool Storytime Wednesdays, June 3, 10:30 a.m., East Roswell Stories, songs and activities your whole family will love. Children must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. Ages 2-5. Summer Reading Kickoff Monday, June 8, 2:00 p.m., Ocee Magician Keith Karnok will be presenting “Every Hero Has a Story.” The star is Gooney Bird, Vern. Each child will receive a coloring sheet with puppets plus a giant bill with easy magic tricks on the back. Ken Scott Magic Tuesday, June 9, 3:00-4:15 p.m., Northeast/Spruill Oaks Experience a magical journey with magic, comedy and music. All ages. Sponsored by the Friends of Northeast Spruill Oaks. Northeast/Spruill Oaks Summer Library Book Sale Thursday, June 11-Sunday, June 14, Northeast/Spruill Oaks Wide range of books and media for sale at super prices! Donations welcome. Thursday, June 11, 1-5 p.m. for Preview Sale for Friends members only. Memberships available at the door. Open for the public: Friday, June 12, 1-4 p.m.; Saturday, June 13, 1-4 p.m.; and Sunday, June 14, 1-3 p.m.

Code Kids Thursdays, June 11, 18, 25, 6:00 p.m., Ocee Code Kids is an exciting program for middle school and late elementary students. Experienced trainers will guide you through learning programming skills. It is strongly recommended you attend all sessions as the lessons will be dependent on each other. “Lords of the Board” Teen Chess Workshop Monday, June 15, 2:00 p.m., East Roswell Explore the adventure of chess, where anyone could capture a king! All playing levels, including beginners, welcome. Ages 11-17. Reservations required. Heroes in Our Community – Johns Creek Fire Department Tuesday, June 16, 2:00 p.m., Ocee Join us for a visit with local heroes from the Johns Creek Fire Department. Fire trucks will be in our parking lot. Magic Show Wednesday, June 17, 3:30 p.m., East Roswell A magical adventure that blends comedy, puppets and magic. Presented by Ken Scott. Ages 4-12. Registration required. Sponsored by Friends of the East Roswell Library Super Skeeter Show Thursday, June 18, 11:00 a.m., Roswell Curious Moon Puppets presents a puppet show that will include a demonstration of puppets and puppetry. All ages. Registration required LEGO Club Tuesday, June 23, 4:00 p.m., Roswell Come enjoy time of free play with LEGO blocks provided. Let’s see what you can create! Registration is not required, but attendance is limited to the first 20 children. Ages 5-10. Queen Glitter Wednesday, June 24, 3:30 p.m., East Roswell Get ready to be swept up in the magic of Queen Glitter’s enchanting tales with Kathy Bennett. Ages 4-12. Registration required. Sponsored by Friends of the East Roswell Library. Unmasked! Uncover the Secrets of Magic With Tommy Johns Monday, June 29, 3:30 p.m., Roswell Popular magician Tommy Johns presents a magic workshop for teens. Registration required.

By Kevin Head, Ph.D. Who is your hero? We just celebrated Memorial Day, remembering many whom we might consider to be heroes for us. As a nation, we paused to remember those who gave their lives so that we can experience and enjoy political freedom. This type of personal sacrifice is a great reason to consider someone a hero. But heroism also develops for other reasons. One of my heroes is my grandfather. He never served in the military. He never wrote a book. He read at a fourth-grade level. His job was working on machines in a factory for thirty years. For much of his life, he was an abusive alcoholic who controlled his wife and children through fear and constant intoxication. Doesn’t sound very heroic, does he? But my grandfather is one of my heroes because he did something that is extremely difficult for most people – he changed his life. In his mid-forties, my grandfather put down the bottle, stopped his abusive behavior, and became a faithful Christian for the rest of his life. His ability to trust Christ and allow God to transform him is the reason my grandfather is one of my heroes. His example gives me the courage to make changes in my life. John Leguizamo writes, “When you feel like the world is against you or you give up hope, you look at your heroes and say, ‘They were able to do it. They had hard times and a lot of opposition, but they got through it.’ Then you feel, ‘I can do it too.’” God blesses our lives with inspiration from those we call our heroes. Who is a hero for you? Or better yet — why is he or she your hero? Blessings!

Dr. Kevin Head is interim pastor of First Baptist Roswell. 770-587-6980,




Grand opening of the Atlanta Veterinary Specialists new Johns Creek facility.

Atlanta Veterinary Specialists Atlanta Veterinary Specialists provides the best care to every patient through compassionate veterinary specialty care, educational programs, and research programs that advance veterinary medicine at two locations – Roswell and now its new facility at Johns Creek. Its new Johns Creek hospital campus is comprised of two buildings at 7350 and 7360 McGinnis Ferry Road. Its Roswell hospital is located at 280 S. Atlanta Street which encompasses 6,000 sq ft offering the latest in veterinary dermatology and feline radiotherapy care. Atlanta Veterinary Specialists has specialists in almost every specialty and emergency care. Atlanta Veterinary Specialists — Johns Creek, 770-407-3000. Atanta Veterinary Specialists — Roswell, 770-642-9800

Bikes and Life celebrate its grand opening.

Bikes and Life — Johns Creek Bikes and Life Johns Creek is a full service shop that offers a wide selection of bikes, featuring Giant and Cannondale. Whether you’re looking for road, comfort, hybrid, mountain or children’s bikes, Bikes and Life can get you outfitted and on the road. Bikes and Life, 6000 Medlock Bridge Pkwy, Suite E-1000. 770-622-6000.


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Third Annual Women in Business Awards The Greater North Fulton Chamber hosted its third annual Women in Business Awards Luncheon in May, at the Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek. Henna Inam, CEO of Transformational Leadership Inc. was the featured speaker. “Each year adds another opportunity to celebrate professional women and their incredible contributions to business in North Fulton and the Metro Region,” said Deborah Lanham, VP of Business Development for the Chamber. Two influential Left to right: Ken Davis, President – Renasant Bank, North Georgia, Michelle Dixon, 2015 Woman of Excellence Award Winner and Deborah Lanham.

awards were presented by Deborah Lanham and her WIB Committee members at the luncheon. First, the 2015 GNFCC Business Woman of Excellence Award was given to Michelle Dixon, Head of

Left to right: Deborah Lanham, Samantha Browning, 2015 JenLan Rising Star Award Winner and Ken Davis

Manufacturing at Alcon, for her business vision, proactive ideas,

and inspiration to others. Then, the 2015 GNFCC JenLan Rising Star Award was received by Samantha Browning, Marketing Manager at Edge Solutions, for her enthusiasm, tenacity, and hard work in the business field. Congratulations to both of these exceptional winners. The event was made possible by partnering sponsors including North Fulton Hospital, Verizon, Frazier & Deeter, and many more. GNFCC would like to thank the sponsors, speakers, and all women who attended for contributing to such a successful and influential event for the Women In Business community.



Electrical Panels & Systems on Your Home By Fred Hawkins Your home is one of the most expensive investments you will ever make. Just as your body needs routine checkups by a professional, your electrical panel and electrical system need to be inspected each year by a professional. The panel box is one of the most important parts of a home’s electrical system. With proper maintenance by a licensed electrician, the panel box can last for many years without problems. Some points to check include: • All connections on the panel box should be tight. • Panel should be protected by a main breaker (of appropriate size). • Panel and house should be grounded properly.


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• Breaker should match the panel and meet current code requirements. • All aluminum wires should be tightened and an antioxidant substance like No Lox applied. • Breakers should match the wire size so they will trip before the wire burns.

The home’s general electrical system should also be inspected and maintained yearly by a licensed electrician. Electrical issues to check include: • Does the home have GFI and Arch Fault Protection in all required areas, and are they operating properly? • Are there tamper-resistant outlets in all required areas to protect the safety of small children? • Are there smoke and CO2 detectors in all required areas, and are they operating correctly? • Are electrical outlets and switches grounded to prevent electrical shock? • Are all outlets and switches (including lights and ceiling fans) operational, have

protective plates, and wires are tight? • Is there any exposed or spliced wiring in the attic or basement? Note: Do not use extension cords for wiring, as this could pose an electrical hazard. • Are there two circuits for your kitchen outlets, and are they on GFI protection? Any outlets within six feet of a sink or tub require GFI protection. • Do the microwave, dishwasher, furnaces, air conditioners, washer, dryer and disposal have dedicated circuits to operate properly?

Routine yearly maintenance by a licensed electrician can save you money and provide peace of mind that your home and family are safe.

Fred Hawkins is owner of H&H Electric and Security LLC. 770-735-1136,


What Rising Tuition Costs Mean For You By Senator John Albers


n educated and skilled workforce is critical to the success of Georgia. For many jobs, a college degree is now a mandatory requirement for salaried positions in corporate America. With the increase in society’s expectations has come an increase in tuition costs. College tuition and associated fees have skyrocketed over the past two decades. This exponential and unsustainable rate is causing increased hardships for students and families. With online options and increased student enrollment, the cost of college should be dropping. Instead, the costs continue to increase at an alarming rate. In April, the Board of Regents approved a raise in tuition for all Georgia colleges. Most Georgia colleges will have a 2.5 percent increase in tuition, or $32 to $85 per semester for undergraduate, in-state students. Students at the University of Georgia will pay an additional $379 per semester after a 7 percent increase in tuition. Finally, Georgia Tech, one of the top universities in the nation,

will experience a 9 percent increase in tuition, expecting to cost students an additional $405 each semester. Families are still recovering from the recession that hit the United States in 2009. Because of this, most parents are not able to afford to pay for their child’s college education out of pocket and students are taking out student loans to cover the cost. Once they graduate, students today average more than $30,000 in student loan debt, compared to the $17,000 in debt students averaged in 2004. There are other options, besides loans, available to help students pay for a college degree including scholarships and grant programs, which can cover some or even all of the cost of tuition. The HOPE Scholarship, exclusive to Georgia, is funded by lottery proceeds and has proven to be one of the most successful education funding initiatives in Georgia history. However, with the increase in students receiving the scholarship and the increase in tuition cost, the funds cannot keep up.

While the cost to attend a university and the cost of living have continued to increase each year, the average salary for an entry-level position has remained at about $30,000 to $40,000 annually. Essentially, recent college graduates are earning the same amount of money as in 2004, but their expenses have increased dramatically. If we are going to get more business out of our colleges and universities, we need our colleges and universities to act more like a business. In order to stay competitive globally, the United States needs more people with college educations. The rising cost of tuition and the financial burden of student loans are making it more and more difficult for younger generations to see the benefits of getting a degree.

Senator John Albers represents the 56th Senate District, which includes portions of North Fulton county. 404-463-8055, John.Albers@Senate. Ga.Gov




Rental Real Estate By Debra Robinson Anyone who owns and rents real estate should take steps to minimize liability. The first step is to purchase insurance coverage. The second step is to consider how to own the property in order to shield your other assets from liability. If you own and rent real estate that is titled in your individual name, you are exposing all your other assets to liability from that real estate. If someone is injured, and the damages exceed the insurance limits, you risk losing not only the rental property, but your other assets as well. To protect against this risk, many landlords will create a business entity


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such as an S corporation or a limited liability company (“LLC”) to own the rental property. The real estate is titled in the name of the company. The individual owners are members of the company and cannot be held personally liable for the company’s debts or liabilities. Only the assets of the company are at risk, not the members’ personal residences, savings or investment accounts. The most common business entity for rental real estate is the LLC, because in addition to providing the limited liability of a corporation, and flexible structure like a partnership, it also provides passthrough taxation. That means the LLC members report profits or losses on their personal income tax returns. In Georgia, forming an LLC requires an application with the Secretary of State. Each year an annual registration must be filed. The organizational documents include an Operating Agreement, which

can be varied to meet the needs of each particular company. Some landlords will hold multiple rental properties in one LLC. Others will have separate LLCs for commercial property and residential property, because the risks for the types of rental properties differ. Still others will take liability protection a step further, and create separate LLCs for each piece of rental property, isolating exposure to risk from each property to that property alone. If you own rental real estate in your individual name, you should consult with your attorney and accountant to discuss creating a business entity for liability protection.

Debra Robinson is an attorney in Alpharetta. 770-817-4999,

Mayor’s Minute


Keep It

in the Creek

By Mayor Mike Bodker


ow in its ninth year, Movies at Newtown Park features our free family-friendly films on an inflatable screen. Bring your blankets and watch movies showing June 14, July 12, and Aug. 9. Check our website, JohnsCreekGa.Gov for future movie titles.

and finds a young couple living in his apartment. Showing is scheduled for Sunday, June 28, at 3:30 p.m. and RSVPs are requested. Refreshments provided. For more information, call Park Place at 678-512-3430 or email ParkPlace@ JohnsCreekGa.Gov

In addition to the films, Movies at Newtown Park includes pre-show entertainment for kids, such as an inflatable moonwalk, face-painting, and give-aways, plus music, food and drinks. Pre-show activities start about two hours before sundown. The movies, all rated G or PG, start at dusk. Newtown Park is located at 3150 Old Alabama Road.

To whet your appetite for summer plans with neighbors, family and friends, the Johns Creek Recreation and Parks Department has announced its exceptional 2015 Amphitheater free summer concert series, which features tribute bands and acts that hearken to the rock and roll 1980s and 1990s, including Drivin N Cryin.

Johns Creek’s seniors can catch up on the foreign and Indie movie scene at the new International Film Series being shown at Park Place. This 62+ adult activity center is located at 3125 Old Alabama Road, inside Newtown Park.

The series opens Saturday, June 20, with the Molly Ringwald’s, a 1980s-era act from Sheffield, England, that dresses like many favorite performers, such as Devo and Queen. Check our website for more up to date information so you don’t miss out.

The June movie is The Visitor, which focuses on a college professor travels to New York City to attend a conference

We heard you!! Food trucks will be returning to the venue in 2015, but concert-goers will notice some changes.

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The pollen has washed away and now it is time to get outdoors and enjoy the sights and sounds of summer. In Johns Creek, our goal is to Be the Exception in all we do. So, we have lots to offer in June and it starts with movies and making memories.

To allow more room for dancing, the rows of chairs under the amphitheater will be replaced with round tables that can be reserved by calling 678512-3200 or through the City’s Rec1 online registration program. Table reservations for 8 cost $200, but admission is free. All grassy areas will have plenty of room for your own blankets and foldable chairs. Not everything happens in Newtown Park! We are fortunate to have the exceptional facilities such as Autrey Mill Nature Center hiking trails, the new adaptive recreation areas in Shakerag Park, and public golf courses to step up your game. So, let’s get out and about and Keep It in The Creek!

Mike Bodker is the mayor of Johns Creek. 678-512-3200,,



Community Feature Pool’s 40th Anniversary Roswell Area Park pool’s 40th Anniversary was held on Opening Day of the 2015 Pool Season during a fun, family-friendly party with entrance fees rolled back 40 Roswell Area Park’s pool under years — 50 cents for persons 18 construction in 1975. years of age and under, $1.00 for adults. The pool’s common areas recently underwent a remodel, which included renovated bathrooms with new appliances and fixtures, remodeled shower/dressing room areas, new tile flooring throughout, a new fence, and all entrances have been remodeled and a new entrance has been added. “Before the pool was built, Roswell Area Park had only two fields, and if you didn’t play baseball, you rarely stepped foot in the park. The pool brought the community together and set the bar very high so that every facility that came after had to be as excellent as the pool,” said Morgan Rodgers, Director of Roswell Recreation, Parks, Historic, and Cultural Affairs. To learn more about swim passes, classes, camps, and special events, visit RoswellGov. com/Summer2015.


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New Executive Director to GRTA The North Fulton Community Improvement District (CID) recently announced the appointment of its Executive Director, Ann Hanlon, to the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority (GRTA) Board of Directors. A native of South Georgia, Ms. Hanlon has spent the last 13 years working in transportation and public policy in Atlanta. As Executive Director of the North Fulton CID, she oversees the organization’s project management team and daily operations. Her experience in transportation financing and project delivery will be incredibly valuable to GRTA as the organization strives to improve Georgia’s transportation network. Ann Hanlon and Governor Nathan Deal

Volunteering Top $1.4 Million The value of volunteering topped $1.4 million at Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System for 2014, with 1,871 volunteers donating 64,962 hours valued at $1,498,662.27 in donated services. This is the seventh year library volunteer services have topped $1 million, and the theme of this year’s event was “Volunteers Help Write Our Story.” More than 105 people attended the 25th Annual Volunteer Recognition Award Program with special guest speakers: Fulton County Commissioner Joan Garner, District 4, who is also a former Library Board trustee and Stephanie Moody, Chair of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System Board of Trustees. Friends of the Alpharetta Library (FOTAL) celebrate their significant contribution in 2014 and help hold the check showing the total donation of services to the Library System of $1,498,662.27. (L to R) Linda Statham; Ben Statham; Gerrie Fornek; Heather Staniszewski, Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System’s Volunteer Services Manager; Barbara Selwyn; Susan Fornek; and Sherry Wright (guest).

Bike to Work Day The City of Roswell partnered with Bike Roswell to celebrate May as National Bike Month, with events and activities designed to promote cycling and a healthier lifestyle including Mayor Jere Wood’s delivering a proclamation for National Bike to Work Day. The City hopes to inspire the community to consider making short trips via alternate transportation, such as riding bicycles, and enjoy the many bike-friendly amenities available in Roswell.

Several participants including Mayor Jere Wood during a Bike to Work Day.

Congratulations to our May “7 Differences” winner, Theresa Mattioli!



Community Partners


lli and David Neal, Co-Founders of Johns Creek based Revved Up Kids, have devoted their lives to keeping children safe from “bad grown-ups.” Revved Up Kids will turn five this summer, and to date over 5,000 Atlanta area children and teens have participated in the non-profit’s training programs. “Think of our programs as bubble wrap against predators,” says Alli. “We know that most parents have the best intentions when it comes to the safety of their children, but many times they find themselves at a loss for words regarding the subject of sexual assault and abuse.” The sole focus of Revved Up Kids is helping parents address this very difficult subject, and giving tools and information to children so that they can recognize dangerous people, avoid unsafe situations, and defend themselves against an attacker. The statistics about child sexual abuse are staggering; more than one in ten children will experience a sexual assault before they reach age 18, and over 90% of the time their abuser will be someone they know. One in six teen girls will experience date rape before age 22. Additionally, most victims never disclose their abuse. “The victims are shamed, threatened, or bribed into silence, and so many of them have no frame of reference when the abuse occurs;” says David. “The easiest victim for a predator is a child who doesn’t know that predators exist.” That’s where Revved Up Kids helps families. Children and teens learn important information about who predators are, how they operate, and what to do if they meet one. Most of the programs include a self-defense component as well. “Participants are taught simple defensive tactics, and practicing full force gives them confidence that they aren’t helpless, and they can injure a larger, stronger attacker and escape the situation,” says David. “Our biggest challenge is the ugliness of this subject,” says Alli. “A lot of parents would prefer to put the blinders on and not discuss it, thinking that it’s better for their children not to know. The fact is, it’s impossible for parents to be with their children every single minute, so there is no way to entirely avoid the risk. I can’t imagine anything worse than finding out my child had been sexually violated by a stranger or someone I trusted; I don’t wish that on anyone, which is why we do what we do. Each child or teen who attends one of our programs is a less easy target for a predator.” Revved Up Kids works with private groups and organizations throughout metro-Atlanta and North Georgia. Programs are available for boys and girls ages 5–13, and girls ages 14–22. Child safety training is also available for parents and youth serving organizations. If you would like to learn more, visit the Revved Up Kids website at, or call 678-526-3335. Revved Up Kids is a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation. 18

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Evolution of Security

As an electronics integrator, security is an area of my business that has sometimes been regarded as a “necessary evil.” I only say that because in the past it has been about as exciting as selling insurance. You had door, window, motion, glass break, and smoke sensors all over the house, and a keypad that activates them. Not a whole lot to talk about that’s considered “cutting edge” in my world. Now, things have changed in such a huge way, making security systems one of our most exciting categories. One of the most dramatic changes in

security in the past couple of years is the interactive nature of alarms with the rest of your home. Now, you can control your locks, lights, and HVAC from your iPhone, Android, or iPad, using your security system. This is huge if you’re like me and never at home when you need a trusted plumber or HVAC guy to get inside the house. Also, you can access live feeds of your cameras, just in case you want to make sure the plumber fixed the leak. For 3rd party monitoring, the newest alarm panels simply connect to the home internet, and have cellular backup. This means we can send text messages and emails to everyone in the home. This also doubles up to the monitoring company that has a 24-hour operator getting notification in the event of an emergency. This is the fastest critical interaction than has ever existed.

By Michael Buckner

Most recently, security companies have started releasing touch-screen keypads that not only do all that, but they also allow you to see where your kids are! Now you can install a GPS locator in your kids’ cars (much like the one Flo from Progressive touts), and then you can a look at the screen on the bedroom wall to see where they are! So has it been a while since you’ve thought about your security system? If so, you may want to talk your local geek (me) about them again. They are the most affordable method of getting your home to be more interactive.

Michael Buckner is owner of Audio Intersection, a provider of audio and video in Georgia. 770-479-1000,



Community Feature Interim Superintendent Fulton School System The Fulton County Board of Education recently named Kenneth Zeff as the school system’s interim superintendent. The announcement came after current Superintendent Interim Superintendent Robert Avossa’s selection as the new leader for the School District Ken Zeff of Palm Beach County in Florida. Zeff joined Fulton County Schools in 2012 as its Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer. In this role he provided direction for the development and execution of the school system’s overall strategy to improve student achievement throughout the district. Departments under the Division of Strategy and Innovation include School Governance and Flexibility, Start-up Charter Schools, Grant Development, Accountability, Research and Program Evaluation, and the Fulton Education Foundation. “Ken Zeff has the experience and expertise to help Fulton County Schools build on our steady growth in student achievement,” said Linda McCain, school board president.


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Sally FitzGerald Scholarship Winners North Fulton Council of PTAs announced the selected recipients of its annual Sally FitzGerald Scholarships. This year’s winners have shown high standards in education along with demonstrating leadership in both their schools and community. Each scholarship winner was awarded $1,500 at the NFC PTA Presidents’ & Principals’ Luncheon held in April. The 2015 recipients of the scholarships are John Brolly of Milton High, Ingrid Cai of Centennial High, and Noah Sannes of Cambridge High.

Left to right: Dr. Robert Avossa (Fulton County Schools’ former Superintendent), Noah Sannes (Cambridge High), Ingrid Cai (Centennial High), John Brolly (Milton High), and Mr. Kenneth Zeff (Fulton County Schools’ Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer and interim Superintendent).

RTMS Academic Bowl

Webb Bridge Middle School students with participants of Operation Safekids.

Operation SafeKids at WBMS Webb Bridge Middle School had the honor recently of hosting Operation Safekids. Webb Bridge had this amazing opportunity that only a handful of schools a year receive and it was not only fun but educational for the students! The event was organized by the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA), the largest, nonpartisan, nonprofit professional association exclusively representing federal law enforcement. Currently, this organization represents over 25,000 active and retired Federal law enforcement officers and over 65 agencies. With the help of FLEOA, WBMS had various law enforcement agencies to help teach the students about their programs and how they help provide a safe environment for all of us and our communities. Agencies attending included local Alpharetta Police Department SWAT and K9 units, Alpharetta Fire Department, Georgia State patrol, DEA, Federal Protective Services, Environmental Protection Agency, GBI, FBI, Secret Service and others. Webb Bridge MS was fortunate to have over 18 agencies attend their Operation Safekids.

The River Trail Middle School academic bowl team recently competed in the Collins Hill Academic High School Tournament. Only two middle school teams competed with the RTMS team placing third overall. The team headed to Dallas, TX, in May, to compete in the Middle School National Championship Tournament.

RTMS academic bowl team.



Keep Them Reading

Amanda Pregnancy ByKossick, D.M.D. and Your Teeth

During the summer, books might be the last thing on your child’s mind. Most kids are ready for a break and happy to trade in reading, writing and arithmetic for summer camp, family vacations and lazy beach days. But many studies have shown that children who read when they’re away from school perform better academically than those who don’t.

When a woman finds out she is pregnant there is a wide variety of emotions that are experienced. Slight anxiety can develop when we try to do the best thing to help our developing fetus turn into a strong healthy baby! One part that cannot be forgotten is our teeth.

By Mark Tolbert

Use Hollywood to Inspire Your Child to Read — Take advantage of movies and DVDs that are based on books appropriate for your child’s age. Watching all the Harry Potter movies may pique your middle-schooler’s interest in reading the books. Likewise, the film version of Roald Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” gives you an opportunity to introduce your younger child to other books by the same author, such as “James and the Giant Peach” or “The BFG”. Involve Your Child in Planning Your Family Vacation Whether it’s a trip to the ballpark or across the country, have your child research the players, the sites and even the weather in programs, brochures, guidebooks, a Farmer’s Almanac or on the Internet. Start a Collection —Help your children become experts on something this summer by starting a collection. Encourage them to visit websites, view videos and look for library books to learn more about their new interest. Visit a Comic Shop — The transformation of classic comic strips like Scooby-Doo, Spiderman and Batman into major motion pictures has renewed an interest in comic books. They make especially good reading material for visual and artistic learners, as they allow readers to make easy connections between picture sequences and written text. Encourage your child to read comics and even create his own comic strip this summer. Get a Magazine Subscription For Your Child — There are numerous magazines that are targeted to young kids and preteens. Kids often identify with the voice and subject matter, and the articles will hold their attention. Boys Life and National Geographic for Kids are two great ideas. Be a Reading Role Model — Finally, let them see you read. Read anywhere — at home, doctor’s office, swimming pool, etc. If they see you reading for enjoyment, they will want to read, too.

Mark Tolbert is executive director of Huntington Learning Center in Alpharetta. 678-240-9221,


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The first trimester typically brings morning sickness and vomiting. Stomach acid is extremely acidic and can very rapidly destroy tooth enamel and cause cavities. In the third trimester there is typically heart burn, or acid reflux that can occur which is again stomach acid working its way up the esophagus and sometimes into the oral cavity. Both of these occurrences drastically increase the likelihood of tooth decay. The ways tooth decay can be battled during pregnancy include increasing the amount of fluoride in your toothpaste through usage of a prescription toothpaste, adding a fluoride mouth rinse to your daily routine, and ensuring you are rinsing your mouth out anytime you are aware that stomach acid might be present. Wait 30 minutes before brushing after you have had a bout of morning sickness due to the abrasiveness on your teeth. Your best friend in decay prevention during pregnancy is fluoride. Unless you are ingesting a tremendous amount of fluoride you will not affect the baby and any development that is occurring. Along with tooth decay a pregnant woman’s gums are at risk for gingivitis, in 60-75% of pregnant women, and in severe cases periodontal disease if not properly prevented. There are many hormones coursing through a pregnant woman’s body and these increase the gums response to plaque. Uncontrolled periodontal disease has been linked to preterm birth and low birth weight babies and should be avoided as much as possible. Use an electric toothbrush, floss at least once a day, and have your teeth cleaned at least every 6 months, if not more frequently, during pregnancy. These preventative measures will help you have a healthy mouth and baby!

Dr. Amanda Kossick is a dentist with DeMercy Dental in Roswell. 770-641-8010,

Great New Ideas for Your


1 Dad!

by Michelle Knapp & suzanne taylor


Fun on The Lake:

Get out of the heat

Chances are, Father’s Day comes around

and take Dad to the

and you get Dad the same old-same old: a

lake or the river with a

tie, golf balls, or a mug that says “#1 Dad”

variety of fun rentals

on it. All great gifts, but we’ve done the

from Go With the

Flow in Roswell. Grab a tandem Kayak to create a fun parent-child experience. For the water-loving Dad,

research to find some fun, local items that Dad might not already have. So this might be the year you get to actually surprise him!

grab a new hat or some croakies too!

Game Time for Dad: If your Dad

Yeti Rambler Tumblers: These tumblers defy nature,

loves to play games, check out this

vowing to keep a drink, “As cold as science allows.” Works

life size Jenga, made locally in Canton

for hot beverages too. Perfect for the Dad who lovingly sits

by Sassy Sisters Décor. You can

at the ball field all day cheering you on. Available at Henry

email her at or

& Pearl in Milton, Kinnucan’s at Avalon, and Rak Outfitters

find her business on Facebook. Dad may enjoy a customized Cornhole game

in Woodstock.

from Woodstock Cornhole Games found at Woodstock Market and online. They also have attachable lights so you can keep the competition going past dark!

Hand-crafted, Locally Made Sausage: It’s a proven fact that 99.9% of all Dads love meat.

Smooth Operator Aftershave Balm: Dads are tough, but they still enjoy a little pampering. Indigo Bath &

Body, made locally in Marietta, has a line of men’s products including aftershave, beard oil and shampoo bars. Pair it with a membership to Dollarshave Club, and Dad won’t have to worry about razors for the whole year. Available online at and

Why not surprise Dad with some sausage for the big cook out?

Dad’s Man Cave: Last but not least, if Dad has a

Frankfurt Doner and Meats

Man Cave, local artisan and Woodstock resident Bronze

in Ball Ground sells a variety of

Denison has launched that features

sausage, pork chops, jerky and

handmade décor from reclaimed wood that is sure to look

other accompaniments to make for

great in any Man Cave! Plus, a portion of the proceeds go

a perfect dinner for Dad. Frankfurt

to the March of Dimes, so you can feel extra special about

Doner is located at 250 Gilmer Ferry Road in Ball Ground.

purchasing a gift from them.

At the end of the day, Dad probably will be just as happy by spending quality time together. Take a hike together, cook a meal, or take in a ball game; whatever it is that he likes to do, it is his day after all!

Scoop of Life is compiled by Scoop OTP owners Suzanne Taylor and Michelle Knapp. For more Outside The Perimeter “Scoop,” visit



COVER STORY By Kathleen Boehmig

hris DeLuca, owner of All Pro Window Tinting in Canton, is a driven man. He has worked in the window tinting business for over twenty years since he was fifteen, apprenticing for his Uncle Mike at Old Pro’s after school and in summers during college as he earned a Communications degree from Newberry College. He was a certified and fully trained technician by age 19. His uncle retired in 1996, and Chris worked for a couple of the biggest tinting companies in the state before eventually founding his own business in 2007.



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Chris is proud of his family name, reputation and legacy, not only in window tinting. His family is well known, owning and operating R & M Sandwich Shop in Canton for 43 years. His father Ray, operates Ray’s Music Machine, a DJ business in the metro Atlanta area. Over the years, Chris worked in all three family businesses, and credits his family with instilling and nurturing his highly-evolved work ethic. All Pro Window Tinting is known for quality and friendly professionalism. That credo has won acclaim and customer satisfaction for the company: they have been voted number 1 for six years in a row by major review sites like Angie’s List, Yelp, and Kudzu, and maintain an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. Chris states, “You will not find another shop in Georgia who will match the professionalism, service, or installations that we can offer.” “I love what I do,” Chris adds, “and I know what I’m doing. I take pride in making sure All Pro is the best window film company in the industry.” The company installs window tinting in residential homes, on autos and in businesses. Their primary product is a high-tech German nano-ceramic window film called Hüper Optik. Patented Huper Optik Nano-Ceramic technology is the first ceramic film with over 12 years of history, performance and durability. It is a true ceramic instead of a metallic product, so it contains no metals or dyes like the other products in the industry.

item of expensive furniture might not need to be replaced easily offsets the cost. The ability of our films to block damaging rays and maintain a natural clear look is absolute and is our goal.”

Most people know the value of window tinting: it blocks heat, reduces glare, and blocks UV rays to prevent fading. All Pro Window Tinting’s products can lower energy costs significantly and make rooms usable without changing the view! The U.S. Department of Energy indicates that an estimated 30-50% of a home’s energy loss is through windows alone. That is $30 billion or more lost each year in America. Inferior products or films installed incorrectly can bubble, peel or otherwise perform poorly over time. Chris’s technicians and products prevent that from occurring. Their work carries a lifetime warranty for residential and auto installations. Chris states, “In the residential and commercial market, the trend has moved towards energy efficiency. Our products are partnered with the Energy Star program and meet and exceed Energy Star performance. This means homeowners and business owners will save money. Significantly reduced HVAC costs and the fact that a single

But it’s not all about heat and glare. All Pro also installs Safety and Security Films, which can deter smash and grabs, vandalism, and graffiti while providing safety from flying and falling glass in the event of an accident or severe weather. Many areas of the country also offer reduced insurance rates for homes outfitted with impact resistant windows. Chris says, “Many of my customers are interested in the safety and security of their property and loved ones. Protective films provide sustained penetration resistance, hazard protection, and a persistent weather seal. It is a smart investment for homes and businesses, any way you look at it.” Automotive window films comprise a substantial portion of the



vehicle cooler, more comfortable, and more appealing,” Chris says. “We have a product line for everyone.”

“There haven’t been many installs we have said no to,” he says with a smile. “I enjoy the challenge and the ability to know that there isn’t a lot that my company can’t do. I have a great group of employees.”

business. All Pro installs a few product lines for use in autos: Autobahn by Hüper Optik, CeraLuxe and PhotoSync by Prestige Film Technologies, and ClearPlex Windshield Defense. “We offer the best performing films available in the industry.” Prestige Film Technologies Window Films are the most advanced automotive window films in the world. Utilizing the latest in Solar Adaptive Coatings (SAC), this nano technology window film adjusts its solar energy rejecting properties based on solar intensity. It darkens when the sun is out and lightens when the sun goes away! With a Total Solar Energy Rejection (TSER) up to 79%, it also blocks up 97% of the IR rays while retaining an impressively light and clear shade. ClearPlex Windshield Defense is the first and only optically-clear protection film for auto windshields. This patented product absorbs the impact of standard road hazards, leaving the glass in pristine condition and significantly reducing the occurrence of rock chips, pitting, and bull’s eyes. “All of our window films will make your

All Pro has installed window films in some interesting locations, including the Charlotte Motor Speedway for American Idol, SkyView Atlanta, and Chick-fil-A. But Chris says the most memorable application was on the world’s largest natural gas tanker ship which came to port in Savannah. “We were putting fragment retention film on the windows to keep glass from flying in the event of a pirate takeover. The job was pretty cool. Security to get near and then onto the ship was intense. The job took several days.” “There haven’t been many installs we have said no to,” he says with a smile. “I enjoy the challenge and the ability to know that there isn’t a lot that my company can’t do. I have a great group of employees.” Word gets around when a company provides top-notch service. All Pro has installations in four countries on three continents, including jobs in Nigeria and Taiwan. But most of their work is done in the southeastern U.S., mainly Georgia. Chris obviously enjoys what he does. “I’ve always been driven to excel, to achieve, and try to be the very best at whatever I do. I do that every day with All Pro.” It’s not just about business, either. Chris believes in supporting the community through fundraising for Toys For Tots and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. He maintains and complies with memberships with ASID, the IWFA, and the American Cancer Society. All Pro Window Tinting’s product lines include Green Building Certification, LEED Accreditation and Energy Star Partner certification. I ask Chris if he has any regrets. “Just one,” he replies, grinning. “I should have started the business sooner.”

3025 Holly Springs Parkway, Canton

770-479-8468 • 888-968-8468


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The Worst Advice About Exterior Painting Homeowners in the Metro Atlanta area are justifiably proud of their homes, and we are proud to help them with their home maintenance and repair needs.

Bad Advice With exterior paint jobs, we are outside where neighborly folks stop by to share their opinions and offer “helpful” tips. Among the collection of bad ideas we have heard: Skip the Primer! — Absolutely! Save $23 a gallon and watch the new paint slide right off your house – how exciting is that!? Do it Yourself and Save! — An amateur will begin painting on the first day of summer and finish 103 years later. If you are unsure whether you will be able to finish in a timely

By Juan Reyes manner – protect your investment by hiring professional painters.

Even Worse Advice Color is Completely Subjective. You like lime green; I like brick red. Color choice is not the same as a color mistake. You Can Never Have Too Many Colors — Unless you live under the Big Top, limit yourself to three colors: a field color (the dominate area), a trim color (wood molding, fascia, and porch pillars), and a highlight color (shutters and the front door.)

The Worst Advice. Ever. The single worst piece of advice we have ever heard: skip prep work. Preparation steps include: cleaning, scraping, patching and priming before painting. The supposed benefits of cutting out those steps are time and a little cash.

Absolutely, you will save about half the time of an exterior paint job by skipping the prep work. Then you will repeat the entire job a year later. Whoopee! The not-so-funny side effects of skipping prep work: Bubbles • Peeling paint • Bleed-through Prep work is the bulk of any paint job. Getting your home’s exterior ready for the creamy, rich layers of quality paint will take more time than painting itself. This is because that surface has weathered, the old paint is an uneven surface, and any color change from old to new paint requires complete sealing and priming.

Juan Reyes is owner of Pro Roofing & Siding. 770-777-1733, MyProRoofing. com



Book Review by catherine groves

Natchez Burning In May of 2014, Greg Iles burst back into the bestseller’s list with his highly anticipated thriller, “Natchez Burning”. After waiting for 5 years, (while Iles recovered from a near fatal automobile accident) for his new Penn Cage novel, this 800 plus page book was worth the wait. Penn has recently returned with his young daughter, Annie, to his hometown of Natchez to serve as mayor to try and heal from the death of his wife. Soon upon his return, his father and local physician, Tom Cage, is accused of murdering his beautiful nurse with whom he worked closely in the 1960s. In Penn’s determination to clear his father’s name, he soon finds himself uncovering crimes involving the Double Eagles, a spinoff group of powerful men in the KKK from 40 years before. It soon becomes perfectly clear; under the dictatorship of the same men from years ago, everyone must fear for their own life. Wanting to believe in the dad he’s always respected and loved, but with all signs pointing to deceit, Penn must make a choice on how much he’s willing to put his own life and the lives of those he loves on the line to uncover the truth. The first of a trilogy, “Natchez Burning” can be summed up perhaps best by Stephen King who wrote, “Extra ordinary entertaining and fiendishly suspenseful. I defy you to start it and find a way to put it down.” The second in the triology, “The Bone Tree” was released in May of this year. Natchez Burning can be purchased at major bookstores and on Kindle and Nook.

Catherine Groves is an avid reader and book collector (owning more than 5,000 books). She also is publisher of two neighborhood magazines and is writing her first novel.


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Thermal A thermal expansion tank allows pressure relief for your water system. As water heats, it expands, and without a way for the pressure to be relieved, your house lines will have to absorb the expansion of the water. It is very important to have an expansion tank to relieve pressure of expanding water in your home. If your expansion tank is not working properly and is over 4-6 years old it is recommend to have the device replaced. Excessive pressure can damage your fixtures such as, toilets, faucets, hose bibbs and water heater, etc. It is less costly to install a new tank than calling a plumbing company to repair your

Tank fixture that has been damaged from high pressure.

Why do I need this?

A PRV (pressure reducing valve) regulates pressure coming into the home from the street. The expansion tank regulates the water already inside your home. Georgia State Plumbing code requires an expansion tank on all homes.

Julie & Rick Lippitt are owners of Pete’s Plumbing in Alpharetta. 770-442-3934,



By Michael Consoli LIFESTYLE Royal Caribbean International’s newest ship, Anthem of the Seas, sailed into Southampton Cruise Port with a lineup of unexpected experiences at sea bringing thrilling adventures to guests of all ages. From the RipCord by iFLY skydiving experience and the North Star, a glass observation capsule that takes guests more than 300 feet above the ocean, to futuristic entertainment, a robust culinary experience and game-changing technology that encompasses everything from robotic bartenders to superfast wireless connectivity, Anthem of the Seas will allow guests to vacation like never before.

Anthem of the Seas will sail her inaugural spring and summer season from her homeport of Southampton, U.K., offering Europe and Mediterranean itineraries. In fall 2015 she will cross the Atlantic to make Cape Liberty Cruise Port in New York Harbor her permanent home, sailing to the Caribbean. No matter where she is or what water she’s plying, Anthem will treat guests to an incomparable vacation experience that can only be found on Royal Caribbean. Highlights of Anthem of the Seas include:

Unexpected at Sea Adventures Endless experiences await guests’ onboard Anthem of the Seas, with thrills that can only be found on Royal Caribbean. From North Star, providing guests breathtaking, panoramic views from 300 feet above sea level, to RipCord by iFLY, the first skydiving experience at sea, and SeaPlex, the largest indoor active space at sea that is complete with bumper cars, a circus school, roller skating and more, there is no end to the fun that can be found onboard.

A Delectable Menu of Choice and Flexibility Anthem of the Seas features a fresh approach to cruise ship dining, thanks to a robust culinary experience that allows guests to customize their onboard dining experience to best meet their varying palates and preferences. An allnew Dynamic Dining experience gives guests a selection of 18 restaurant concepts, including five complimentary main dining restaurants, along with the opportunity to choose between Dynamic Dining Choice, which allows guests to decide when, where, and with whom to dine each evening, and Dynamic Dining Classic, which is designed for those who prefer a more traditional experience. In addition, Anthem of the Seas features a lineup of specialty dining restaurants, as well as partnerships with world-renowned chefs such as Jamie Oliver, Michael Schwartz, and Devin Alexander.

The Ultimate Hi-Tech Vacation From ultrafast Wi-Fi and RFID technology, to virtual views from interior staterooms and robots that can mix up a mean cocktail, Anthem of the Seas is packed with a bold lineup of technological advancements that will impress even the most tech-savvy modern traveler. Designed to seamlessly deliver unprecedented guest vacation experiences at sea, technology is prevalent throughout the ship, substantially increasing guest convenience and efficiency and ensuring a cruise onboard Anthem of the Seas is nothing but smooth sailing. L

Michael Consoli is a professional travel and cruise specialist and owner of Cruise Planners. 770-650-7667,


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Plants that have been in the ground 2 years or more are likely suspects to divide. They have either multiplied into clumps or popped up throughout the bed. Plants are healthiest when they have room to spread, so divide them to share or transplant. Perennials can be divided any time; however, it’s best to divide after the plant blooms. First, locate a specimen that needs attention and grab some garden gloves and a shovel. Dig a trench around the drip line of the plant. The idea is to remove the entire clump without damaging the roots. Then shake off the soil. Pull apart individual shoots, depending on the plant type. I sometimes use a knife to slice the clump apart. The Internet is full of good how-to information and YouTube instructional videos. Once the plant is removed, refresh your garden soil with compost and humus. To pot the divisions, gather 4” or larger pots and use commercial



By Lisa Ethridge potting mix — not garden soil. Pots look best with 3 or 4 shoots per pot. Mix 2-1 potting mix with pine barks mulch. This not only saves money but drains well and makes the pots lighter to lug around. Compost is another great way to stretch potting soil. Place the newbies in a sunny, protected place near a hose. Sometimes the weather in spring can be cool. If that’s the case, place plants on the driveway which absorbs/holds the heat of the sun or near a masonry wall.

of liquid soluble fertilizer weekly. Groom the plants by nipping brown or broken leaves. When the plants have taken root and look perky, they are ready for adoption. A clever friend of mine organized a perennial plant sale in her neighborhood. Several folks divide and pot plants throughout the year, cart them to a central location, and sell them at the late June event. Sharing plants is a gardening tradition. Whenever my Aunt Juanita passed along a plant, she always reminded me of the old saying: “Don’t ever say, ‘Thank You’ for a plant gift. Just say, ‘I’ll give it a good home.’”

Lisa Ethridge is a certified master gardener with North Fulton Master Gardeners, part of the UGA Cooperative Extension Service. 404-613-7670,

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Communities surrounding it were looking at tough decisions about which way they wanted the river to go — down a path of preservation and progress or down a path of defilement and destruction.


2002, my daughter, her mother and I spent 30 days canoeing the 163-mile length of the Etowah River. At journey’s end, Ramsey, then just three-years-old, could easily identify the call of a pileated woodpecker as it echoed through the riverside forests and had learned the paddlers’ motto: “Just go with the flow.”

We saw in the Etowah the same dynamic that the Chattahoochee faced in the mid-1970s as Atlanta’s suburbs crept steadily north along its banks. Thankfully, the Chattahoochee was, in large part, saved thanks to the synergy of local activists, a sympathetic state governor (Jimmy Carter) and a movement within the National Parks Service to create “urban national parks.”

What we saw on that journey was a river flowing through a rapidly developing landscape where in places riverfront homes crowded the river and spoiled its natural beauty.

The result some 40 years after the first cries to protect the Chattahoochee: thousands of acres of land preserved as the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, a string of parks that is visited by millions each year.

Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with a home on the river. A view of flowing water from the back deck is something to treasure, but what we found during that trip was a river at a crossroads.

For sure, there are many homes along the Chattahoochee, but there are also pockets of preservation where you can walk a trail, paddle a canoe or simply sit and watch the river flow.

For me, journey’s end left me smitten by the Etowah … and a little afraid for its future.


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By any measure, the movement to, “Save the Hooch” has been a success. In 2012, the National Parks Service named 48 miles of the Chattahoochee through Atlanta and its 18 public access points as the nation’s first National Water Trail. The question back in 2002 was: could something similar happen on the Etowah? Now, 13 years later, that three-year-old fan of pileated woodpeckers is driving a car and Etowah River communities have answered that question with a resounding “YES!” In 2002, there were three developed public access points on the Etowah (excluding ramps on Lake Allatoona).

Upcoming Events August 1 Etowah River Paddle: This 10-mile paddle through history begins at Allatoona Dam and includes a stop at the Etowah Indian Mounds State Historic Site. For more information, visit

August 2 Today, through the combined efforts of local governments, private landowners and non-profit organizations (with aid from Georgia Department of Natural Resources Recreational Trails grants) there are 11 developed public boat launches, and more are on the way. The same synergy that prompted protection of the Chattahoochee has come together on the Etowah. Nonprofit organizations like the Coosa River Basin Initiative (CRBI), Upper Etowah River Alliance, Mountain Stewards, the Mountain Conservation Trust of Georgia and others have raised money to facilitate land protection and establish public access points. Local governments in Dawson, Cherokee, Bartow and Floyd counties have stepped in to preserve property and develop boat launches. Even the National Parks Service has lent a hand, facilitating the formation of an Etowah River Water Trail Stakeholders group. That group, made up of local governments, non-profit organizations, businesses and landowners, is now raising money and aiding local governments in promoting and developing the Etowah River Water Trail. There’s a website,, that includes complete maps and guides of the river, and even a guidebook, the Etowah River User’s Guide. Published by the University of Georgia Press in cooperation with Georgia River Network and CRBI, the book is even printed on waterproof paper, making it river ready.

In Forsyth County, Commissioners are moving forward with the development of the 225-acre Eagles Beak Park that will include a boat launch near Old Federal Road.

Paddling Through History: The special fundraiser to support Cherokee County Historical Society, Upper Etowah River Alliance and CRBI features a 7-mile paddle on the Etowah in Cherokee County followed by a catered dinner, silent and live auction and a kayak raffle. For more information, visit

In Canton, the city recently completed a launch at its new Etowah River Park — a project made possible by funding secured through a legal settlement between CRBI and the developers of the Canton Marketplace shopping center in 2008. Further downstream in Bartow County, both Cartersville and Bartow County have partnered with CRBI to build new boat launches within the last year, completing a 48-mile “trail” with seven public access points that provide multiple day trips of various lengths. What’s there to see out there? Lots! The Etowah is rich in cultural and natural history. It is home to dozens of Native American fish weirs, the v-shaped rock dams that Cherokee Indians built to capture fish, and of course, the Etowah Indian Mounds State Historic Site. Within the Dawson Forest and McGraw Ford Wildlife Management areas in Dawson and Cherokee counties, it is also home to beautiful scenery, and beneath the surface it holds 76 different species of fish, diversity that is unparalleled for a river of its size. 13 years have passed since I was first

smitten by the Etowah, and today I’m a little less fearful for its future. Local governments are recognizing the river and water trail as an amenity for citizens and an economic development tool. Most importantly, more and more people are venturing on the river, discovering its charms and falling in love with it. This bodes well for the river. A river with many lovers is one that is well kept.

Joe Cook is an Advocacy and Communications Coordinator for the Coosa River Basin Initiative., WWW. FAMILYLIFE PUBLICATIONS.COM


Color Appeal By Keely Woodford

LIFESTYLE Nothing can give your new space more instant pizzazz than color! The right choice of color can either calm your room or liven it with joyful expression. Color is one of the most exciting and versatile tools that a decorator possesses. Working with a professional decorator can make your color selections an easy and pleasant experience. Why, even the simplest, most inexpensive furnishings in the plainest room, can be transformed into a show stopper with an imaginative use of color.


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A very integral part of the way we feel about something is based on its color appeal. Color creates a specific, individual sensation in each of us. The same color that can captivate you could end up being a complete “turn-off” for someone else. Remember, there’s no such thing as a bad color. The truth is there are only bad combinations of colors and personal dislikes for certain colors. Color is like seasoning — it adds spice to your life!

Here are a few tips on working with color: Want to create a calm and relaxing environment? • Try selecting cool colors. A soft blue or teal hue will certainly give your room a peaceful, restful feeling. Need a little energy? • Then you’ll find warm, bright colors, like yellows, oranges and golds extremely stimulating and full of pep. Striving for a little more balance in your life? • Then, soft shades of green might just do the trick! There’s no better way to bring the outdoors in, than to decorate with Mother Nature’s finest color. Unsure about which new color will work best in your room? Be sure to test your new colors by day and night. Artificial light can make some colors appear totally different at night. And, incandescent bulbs tend to give any color scheme a yellowish glow. L

Keely Woodford is a franchise owner of Decorating Den Interiors. 770-926-0383,

MuscleBuilding Exercise,

the Real Key to Calorie Burning

By Dr Robert Ladd, PH, MD LIFESTYLE What’s the difference between your 25-year old body and your 55+ year old body? Thirty years and 20 pounds? If so, you are about average, but don’t believe for a minute that you have to settle. This isn’t our fate as we get older. By doing some meaningful strength training, you can add back calorie-burning muscle that can really turn things around for you. As we age, we tend to slow down. With careers and busy households we may not continue to do meaningful

exercise, and without it we lose valuable muscle tissue which we exchange for fat. Less muscle mass means lower metabolism and we burn fewer calories at rest. Doug McGuff, MD and John Little, authors of Body by Science, argue that the solution is muscle. According to McGuff and Little, just 5 pounds of lean muscle has a calorie-burning capacity of about 250 calories per day! The good news is that it doesn’t matter how old you are, whether you are a man or women, or whether you haven’t exercised in years, you can still regain lean muscle that improves your shape and increases your metabolism. The key to building lean muscle is doing meaningful strength training exercise. According to McGuff and Little, only a small percentage of muscle fibers are required in steady-state activities, like walking or running and, in fact,

the body adapts to the demands of endurance activities by dropping “useless and burdensome” muscle weight. Steady-state or endurance activity does help burn a few more calories on the day it’s performed, but it doesn’t place a high enough demand on muscle fibers to signal your body to add more lean muscle that boosts your everyday calorie-burning capacity. The best way to stimulate your body to add more muscle is to challenge your muscles at a sufficient level of intensity. This can be effectively done by strength or resistance training. Based on the evidence and exercise guidelines, my recommendation is strength training twice a week. L

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Northside Hospital Forsyth

Northside Hospital-Forsyth continues to grow with Forsyth County. In fact, in the 13 years since Northside Hospital purchased the Cumming hospital, it has seen tremendous growth. Today, the 1-million-square-foot Northside HospitalForsyth medical campus has more than 2,300 employees and 2,300 physicians and includes the 231-bed hospital, the Women’s Center, an advanced surgery tower and four medical office buildings. More than 406,000 patient visits were served in 2014 across a full range of medical services. Northside is committed to balancing clinical excellence with high-quality, compassionate care. In 2014, Northside Hospital-Forsyth was named to the Chairman’s category (the highest on the list) of the Georgia Hospital Association’s Partnership for Health and Accountability Core Measures Honor Roll. The hospital also is recognized by The Joint Commission for health care excellence with specialty certification in treating pneumonia, hip/knee replacement and stroke patients. Northside Hospital-Forsyth is an accredited Chest Pain Center and

achieved the American Heart Association/ American College of Cardiology Foundation’s Get With The Guidelines® 2015 Heart Failure Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award for its diagnosis and treatment of heart failure patients.

unprecedented level of precision to Northside vascular surgeons navigating the extremely complex anatomy of peripheral blood vessels.

Whether you live in Cumming, Johns Creek, Dawsonville, Alpharetta, Lawrenceville or Sugar Hill, Northside offers access to an extensive network of state-of-the-art facilities, staffed with skilled, caring professionals, who consistently pioneer leading-edge procedures and are dedicated to the health and wellness of the communities they serve.

Northside Hospital-Forsyth also was the first in the state to use the Lutonix 035 Drug Coated Balloon PTA Catheter to treat peripheral artery disease in the thigh and knee. The device provides patients with a superior alternative to traditional balloon angioplasty, resulting in more successful outcomes and better long-term results.

New advances in technology allow Northside Hospital-Forsyth to stay at the forefront of medicine and devote more time to providing the best patient care possible. Over the last year, the hospital introduced multiple new technologies to give patients more minimally invasive treatment options. The MAKOplasty procedure has helped to improve the surgical outcomes for patients requiring hip and partial knee

replacements. Through 3D models, motion capture and real-time virtual views of the patient’s anatomy, surgeons at Northside are able to provide more accurate fittings and ensure that postprocedure pain is reduced significantly for patients. In 2014, Northside Hospital-Forsyth greatly enhanced its heart and vascular services, when it became the first hospital in Georgia to use the new Magellan Robotic System to perform minimally invasive endovascular procedures to treat blood clots in the legs and arms, and repair aortic aneurysms. The technology grants an

For cancer patients, the Northside Hospital Cancer Institute is one of the largest and most respected providers of cancer care services in the Southeast. Northside Hospital-Forsyth’s Cancer Center soon will offer the Leksell Gamma Knife® Perfexion™ with Extend™ radiosurgery system to treat a wide range of brain tumors and other neurological conditions through the most advanced and non-invasive technology that delivers Gamma radiation. Follow @NorthsideHosp on social media, and for more information visit

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Dr. Carla Roberts and Reproductive Surgical Specialists: Compassionate Care for Women Dr. Carla Roberts wants to change the world through compassionate care…and she is succeeding, through her association with Northside Hospital-Forsyth. Dr. Roberts is a reproductive specialist, gynecologist and endocrinologist. She trained and did her residency at Emory, holds a PhD in Physiology and Endocrinology from the Medical College of Georgia, and has been in practice for 21 years in the Atlanta area. She specializes in reproductive reconstructive surgery for infertility, endometriosis, pelvic pain and congenital abnormalities.


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Earlier this year Dr. Roberts left Emory to join Northside Hospital, whose reputation and commitment to women’s services matches her own. She opened Reproductive Surgical Specialists at Northside Hospital-Forsyth in Cumming. Her full-service practice specializes in the diagnosis, treatment and management of female reproductive abnormalities in patients 8 years and up. Their broad array of services include pelvic reconstruction, fallopian tube recanalization, treatment of fibroids, gynecological, reproductive and laparoscopic surgery, tubal ligation reversal and pediatric gynecology. As a skilled surgeon, Dr. Roberts has access to the most advanced robotic surgical team and latest equipment at Northside Hospital, which has the distinction of ranking in the top 5% in the U.S. for GYN robotic procedures.

Dr. Roberts’s passion is nurturing and healing women in a calm, elegant and stress free environment with mimimal discomfort. Some awards and honors she has garnered include:

• Atlanta Magazine Top Doc, • • •

Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, 2010-2014 U.S. News and World Report Top Doc, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, 2010-2014 Atlanta Super Docs, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, 2010-2014 Distinguished Alumni, School of Graduate Studies, Medical College of Georgia, 2014

“I was given a huge opportunity in the education I received in college, graduate

school and medical school,” she says. “I am proud of being able to take my training and truly help the lives of others. Although I am Board Certified in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, within that field I specialize in not only treating patients with endometriosis and pelvic pain, but am also a reproductive reconstructive surgeon. This means I am one of a very few surgeons nationwide who surgically treat female patients born with an abnormal vagina, uterus, or cervix. For the patient with pelvic pain that interferes with every aspect of daily life, having that pain successfully treated changes their entire lifestyle.” She continues, “For the young girl born with abnormal reproductive organs: well, imagine a uterus that could not maintain a pregnancy until it was surgically corrected. After her surgery, your patient gets pregnant and delivers her first child. Or imagine further, the young girl born without a vagina and, as her surgeon, you create one for her. Being a part of the process that changes someone’s life in that dramatic way...that is the reward.” What are some of the challenges she faces? “My patient population includes a large number of disorders that referring colleagues have felt uncomfortable treating. I am thankful for the unique

exposure I had in my training with Dr. John Rock, considered an international expert in both endometriosis as well as congenital anomalies of the female reproductive tract. His mentoring set the example of what medicine is all about for me and gave me the confidence to use the skill set I learned during my three years of specialty training with him.” Deeply concerned for the state of women’s healthcare in Georgia, Dr. Roberts entered the political arena briefly three years ago. “I ran for a seat in Georgia’s State House of Representatives in 2012. Although I didn’t win that first primary, I remain convinced that my experience as a trained physician, a specialist in women’s health and an advocate for all patients to have appropriate access to quality medical care is a valuable voice for our state.”

“It is not just about treating patients,” Dr. Roberts states. “It’s also about training those who will treat them long after you are gone. I want to be remembered not only for the impact that I have had on my patient’s lives but also for the many medical students, residents and fellows that I trained during my decades-long career at an academic institution. Like our children who use us as their role models years after they have left the home, my students have the ability to do what I taught them to do, when they are ready.” Her personal credo is: “True leaders create new leaders, not followers.” Dr. Carla Roberts is impacting not only the health of thousands of satisfied patients, but her field of medicine, in an eminently positive way. She is creating leaders, and is serving as an effective crusader for better living through kind, compassionate, skilled care.

Dr. Carla Roberts 1800 Northside Forsyth Drive, Suite 380, Cumming, GA 30041, 770-292-2670 WWW. FAMILYLIFE PUBLICATIONS.COM


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Crabapple Oral Surgery & Implant Center has served the community in Alpharetta since 2011 in our current location. We provide care from the very young to the very old. Our expertise ranges from extraction of teeth, including wisdom teeth, implants, bone graft to biopsy, treating facial trauma, removal of jaw tumor and cysts. In our state of the art office, outpatient intravenous sedation and nitrous oxide are available to manage anxieties and improve comfort to our patients.

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Teeth-In-An-Hour is a revolutionary concept providing patients with fully functioning teeth on dental implants in one single procedure that lasts about an hour. Dental implants are changing the way people live. They are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. TMJ (temporomandibular joint) Disorders are a family of problems related to your complex jaw joint. If you have had symptoms like pain or a “clicking” sound, you’ll be glad to know that these problems are more easily diagnosed and treated than they were in the past. Whether you have questions about a particular procedure or anxiety, we highly encourage a consultation with our doctor to discuss treatment and anesthesia options. Additional information about our practice can be found on our website,


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ArtistProfile by Heike Hellmann-Brown

Gestural Abstraction or Action Painting is associated with the Abstract Expressionism movement of the late 1940s, 1950s and 1960s and artists like Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning and Franz Kline. Their energetic techniques included dripping, dabbing, smearing, and even flinging paint onto the canvas, directed by the artist’s sense of control interacting with chance or random occurrences. “I am influenced a lot by my surroundings and the joy they bring me,” explains artist Mary Beth Cornelius. “My work comes straight out of my emotions, or is inspired by travels, books, or music. I love Maine for instance; the color of the sea, the rocks, the landscape dictates the direction of a piece, but the energy comes from the music I listen to while painting.” Originally from Macon, GA, Cornelius obtained a degree in Electrical Engineering and worked for 10 years in the oil and power industry. As a hobby she took up stained glass art, a technique she also taught. Later she attended watercolor classes, but still felt she hadn’t found what she was seeking. After moving to Alpharetta in 1998, Cornelius continued taking classes in composition, color theory, and drawing, but it wasn’t until she started to paint in acrylics that she knew she had found what she had long been looking for. “Painting with the acrylic medium lets me be less contemplative and much more gestural,” the artist notes.


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With a preset idea for a color palette Cornelius paints with expressive brushstrokes and then uses palette knives, carving tools, paper and sandpaper to create surface texture and color variations. “My art reflects where I am in life. I relish the energy and rawness of the first courageous lines and shapes on a blank canvas. But it’s the layers of paint that express my journey. My paintings are both fresh and full of history, energetic and experienced — a constant flux of responsiveness and structure, chaos and harmony.”

and discoveries. I wanted to be bold and daring in my artistic process, yet I often held back when the inner critic spoke up. Then one of the artists in the group sent up an encouraging and lighthearted “No art for chickens!” This has become my working mantra, my reminder to be courageous in this artistic endeavor.”

Cornelius joined several art organizations and entered juried shows. Encouraged by the response, she started displaying her work in local galleries. “People always ask how long it takes to create a piece. It is not just the actual creation – developing a technique takes years. While I create spontaneously, I need to be disciplined to create effectively. No one is suddenly successful. You need to put in 10,000 hours in the background, and then be courageous to seize opportunities. I have a saying tacked up in my studio, ‘No Art for Chickens!’ This started at a workshop in Florida. We would paint all day and have round table discussions about the day’s accomplishments, observations,

Heike Hellmann-Brown is a published writer in the United States and Europe. She has translated and edited several New York Times bestsellers and has taught both English and her native German as a foreign language in a career that has spanned more than 20 years.



Don’t Give Up You Can Find a Way

By Crystal Bryant As a mom of three boys, I am kept running. It is hard to make time for myself. This is a problem most moms and dads face today. Work hours get longer, time off and vacations get shorter, and the list of kid activities can be astronomical. It is easy to put our health at the very end of the list of important things, if it makes the list at all. Unhealthy fast food can quickly become a staple. And making time for exercise is simply impossible. When I was diagnosed with a muscle


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issue several years ago, it was both a blessing and a curse. A curse, because it was an issue I would have to deal with every day for the rest of my life. But it was a blessing because it was easily treatable. But that treatment was exercise. At first, even though I acknowledged the issue and the treatment, I “squeezed it in” whenever I could, which was not often. The end result? I was in pain every day, my sleep was compromised, and my overall health was affected. One day, when I had realized that the everyday pain got in the way of me being able to enjoy time with my family, watching my boys play their sports, and doing just about anything I really wanted to do, I knew I had to make a change. But I couldn’t seem to figure out how to add an hour or more of exercise. So I decided I

would try to work in even 5-10 minutes scattered throughout the day. Turns out, it was easier than I expected. I started by adding squats in the morning while I brush my teeth. Then I added stretching or pushups while watching TV or a movie with the family. I found that even the smallest bits of exercise scattered over a 24 hour period brought great results. I also implemented changes in my diet, small changes, over time, again with great results. Don’t give up! You can find ways to get healthier, if you just know where to look!

Crystal Bryant is the wife of Pastor Chris Bryant at City On A Hill United Methodist Church in Woodstock. She is involved in women’s, prayer and children’s ministries. 678-445-3480,

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By Susan Elisha Because our pets are so loyal and good-natured, it’s easy to forget that they may get as uncomfortable as we do during certain summer conditions. Just as you and your family are targets, four-legged family members are also at risk from flying, climbing and crawling insects. Cats seem to have some protection against mosquitoes because they’re covered with fur, but they can suffer bites on their ears and noses. As with humans, mosquito bites make cats itch. But much worse, a mosquito bite can infect your cat with a serious parasitic disease. With your favorite feline, mosquito bite hypersensitivity and heartworm disease are also risks. Mosquitoes are also no friend to dogs, as they will bite anywhere skin is not covered by fur. In dogs, heartworm disease from mosquito bites is a primary concern. To avoid mosquito dangers for pets, it is wise to enjoy season-long protection with professional mosquito elimination and control. As for other suggestions for pet owners, The Humane Society has these suggestions worth sharing:

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Watch the humidity. “It’s important to remember that it’s not just the ambient temperature but also the humidity that can affect your pet,” says Dr. Barry Kellogg, V.M.D., of the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association. “Animals pant to evaporate moisture from their lungs, which takes heat away from their body. If the humidity is too high, they are unable to cool themselves, and their temperature will skyrocket to dangerous levels — very quickly.”

Limit exercise on hot days. Take care when exercising your pet. Adjust intensity and duration in accordance with the temperature. On very hot days, limit exercise to early morning or evening hours, and be especially careful with pets with whitecolored ears, as they are more susceptible to skin cancer, and short-nosed pets, which typically have difficulty breathing. Asphalt gets very hot and can burn your pet’s paws, so walk your dog on the grass, if possible. Always carry water with you to keep your dog from dehydrating.

they don’t obstruct air flow. A doghouse does not provide relief from heat — in fact, it makes it worse.

Watch for signs of heatstroke. Extreme temperatures can cause heatstroke. Some signs of heatstroke are heavy panting; glazed eyes; rapid heartbeat; difficulty breathing; excessive thirst; lethargy; fever; dizziness; lack of coordination; profuse salivation; vomiting; a deep red or purple tongue; seizure; and unconsciousness. If heatstroke occurs, move your pet into the shade or an air-conditioned area. Apply ice packs or cold towels to your pet’s head, neck, and chest, or run cool (not cold) water over it. Let your pet drink small amounts of cool water or lick ice cubes. Take your pet immediately to a veterinarian.

Provide ample shade and water. Any time your pet is outside, make sure it has plenty of fresh, cold water and protection from heat and sun. In heat waves, add ice to water when possible. Tree shade and tarps are ideal because

Susan Elisha is owner/operator of Mosquito Squad of Alpharetta. 770-807-7791, Alpharetta.



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Those Loose Teeth By Vishant Nath, D.M.D. Technology is everywhere these days. It’s nice to find free apps that are helpful and informative. Here are a couple of ways to use free apps to learn about your child’s teeth. For those of you with very young children (infants through 4-year olds), the My Baby’s Teeth app provides a nice visual for when you can expect your child’s teeth to come in. It’s free and very easy to use. Simply enter your child’s age in months and you will see which teeth a typical child that age will have emerged. Tapping on a tooth will tell you the name of the tooth while helpful facts will pop up at the top of the screen.

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For families with children older than the age of 4 years, try the free app simply called Teething Chart. This app will again provide information based upon what a typical child of a given age will have experienced regarding the emersion of permanent teeth. It is interactive and kid-friendly while providing basic information for you and your child. Speaking of loose teeth, it is very important to keep primary teeth healthy and strong until the adult teeth are ready to come in. According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, a recent survey revealed that 3 out of 4 parents admitted their children forget to brush their teeth on a regular basis! Brushing twice a day for 2 minutes is vitally important to keeping your child’s oral health care at its best. Everyone is busy, but if brushing becomes a regular habit, your child’s dental checkups should be quick and easy. The best way to avoid the need for dental treatment is with regular brushing and flossing. It is just as important to keep baby teeth healthy as it is to keep the permanent teeth healthy. And if you start when your child is very young to monitor their daily brushing, it will become a lifelong habit for them. What a gift to give your child, a lifetime of great oral health!

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